It has been indicated by broadband providers that the public may have access to trade secrets if they access the information provided to government agencies. Thus, they have argued up that there should be no disclosure of such information.

The Harm

Broadband providers think that allowing the public to access information provided to public agencies may give an advantage to competitors who may learn about then target to serve unexploited areas. Thus, the tussle is about business competition and not more than that.

The idea of companies wanting to keep some information secret so as to retain or safeguard against competition is understood, and in fact, widely practiced. Companies also want to keep secret their strategic ideas and do not want to expose them. However, the problem arises when these boundaries are taken too far.

I understand the idea of safeguarding against public access of information, but not when the companies want to restrict customers to accessing information about what they don’t do and the people they do not provide services to. To me, it exceeds the limits that the ISPs must consider when it comes to disclosure of information.

In fact, I do suppose that the reasons the companies are giving as to why the information should be kept secret, may arouse interests into why the information should be made public. ISPs need to understand that provision of broadband to under served areas by companies who learn and act about this, advances the plan by the Federal Communications Commission to provide more broadband. Hence the argument by the ISPs is underserved.

The provision of broadband by more companies will eliminate the challenge of the existing providers neglecting the minority groups and poor communities when it comes to providing the services. I do suppose that it is time to open up the market for more competition in this field, which will bring more advantages.

The ISPs should realize that you as the consumer of the broadband have interests that far much outweigh those of individual companies. If ISPs fear competition, then it must be understood that there are other more important issues to consider. First, customers coming from minority groups have been neglected according to history, so that is not my estimation.

I do propose to the ISPs who fear competitors entering into areas they do not provide broadband: make sure that you provide broadband to those areas. Openness of information to the public will increase the commitment of any government to advance issues to do with transparency and openness. This has been featured in many countries as well.

There are questions that you as the citizen will need to inquire from the leaders in any sector to make sure that you are getting proper services. You will need background information to phrase reasonable and crucial information that may expose corrupt officials and inadequacy in government and this will in fact help you to take crucial action such as voting for that person that you desire.

The Truth

I do suppose that the call for the closing up of information provided by the ISPs to governmental agencies to public is undeserved. There are advantages that should be looked upon when the information is opened up, and ISPs should understand them.